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Risa Koizumi is the tallest girl in class, and the last thing she wants is the humiliation of standing next to Atsushi Otani, the shortest guy. Fate and the whole school have other ideas, and the two find themselves cast as the unwilling stars of a bizarre romantic comedy. A new student starts out as Risa's rival for love, but ends up proving how important it is to be hones Risa Koizumi is the tallest girl in class, and the last thing she wants is the humiliation of standing next to Atsushi Otani, the shortest guy. Fate and the whole school have other ideas, and the two find themselves cast as the unwilling stars of a bizarre romantic comedy. A new student starts out as Risa's rival for love, but ends up proving how important it is to be honest with yourself!


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Risa Koizumi is the tallest girl in class, and the last thing she wants is the humiliation of standing next to Atsushi Otani, the shortest guy. Fate and the whole school have other ideas, and the two find themselves cast as the unwilling stars of a bizarre romantic comedy. A new student starts out as Risa's rival for love, but ends up proving how important it is to be hones Risa Koizumi is the tallest girl in class, and the last thing she wants is the humiliation of standing next to Atsushi Otani, the shortest guy. Fate and the whole school have other ideas, and the two find themselves cast as the unwilling stars of a bizarre romantic comedy. A new student starts out as Risa's rival for love, but ends up proving how important it is to be honest with yourself!

30 review for Love★Com, Vol. 3

  1. 5 out of 5

    Noel

    Again, I really freaking love this series. Reading it at 13 was at a way different point in my life, but it is still ever so heartwarming. I was pleasantly surprised when re-reading this volume at how Nakahara didn't use the introduced trans character as a plot device/entirely comedic element. Her pronouns were respected throughout the book, and it made me love this story all the more. I'm so thankful to my tiny childhood library that had this series tucked away on a shelf one rainy summer after Again, I really freaking love this series. Reading it at 13 was at a way different point in my life, but it is still ever so heartwarming. I was pleasantly surprised when re-reading this volume at how Nakahara didn't use the introduced trans character as a plot device/entirely comedic element. Her pronouns were respected throughout the book, and it made me love this story all the more. I'm so thankful to my tiny childhood library that had this series tucked away on a shelf one rainy summer afternoon in the early 2000s.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shani

    Reread - Even the annoying shoujo tropes where the author introduces a new character that serves as a love interest are hilarious, Risa's insecurities over her height makes me :'( she deserves the best Reread - Even the annoying shoujo tropes where the author introduces a new character that serves as a love interest are hilarious, Risa's insecurities over her height makes me :'( she deserves the best

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica-Robyn

    The (one-sided) love story of Koizumi and Otani continues! PheroMOANS are in the air as their (one-sided) love is strained by yet another third party and their own insecurities! ... I'm starting to see a trend here. Still cute as ever, in this volume Koizumi finds she's grown taller and Otani gets a new admirer, and a not-so-handsome doggy pal! How zany! How cute! Can love really conquer everything, even height?! From here on out I am going to start keeping a tally of all of the third-party-peopl The (one-sided) love story of Koizumi and Otani continues! PheroMOANS are in the air as their (one-sided) love is strained by yet another third party and their own insecurities! ... I'm starting to see a trend here. Still cute as ever, in this volume Koizumi finds she's grown taller and Otani gets a new admirer, and a not-so-handsome doggy pal! How zany! How cute! Can love really conquer everything, even height?! From here on out I am going to start keeping a tally of all of the third-party-people involved in this budding love story. I think it may help me keep track as I have a feeling this list will be very long when it's all said and done. Third Party LOVE*FEST 1 - Ex-girlfriend (misunderstanding!) 2 - Childhood friend: Haruka (kind of douche!) 3 - New girl: Seiko (kind-of, sort-of horny!)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)

    A lot of conflicted emotions going on with Risa isn't there? Poor girl is just confused. And now it seems she's got a rival as well for Otani. Hmmm, this one was kind of cute. Especially near the end. How can you not smile at that. Really liking the series and its only the third volume. Like some of Risa's hairstyle, drawn really well I might add. A lot of conflicted emotions going on with Risa isn't there? Poor girl is just confused. And now it seems she's got a rival as well for Otani. Hmmm, this one was kind of cute. Especially near the end. How can you not smile at that. Really liking the series and its only the third volume. Like some of Risa's hairstyle, drawn really well I might add.

  5. 5 out of 5

    B. Jean

    It's always interesting to see how early 2000s shoujo treats trans characters. Trans rights weren't as widely talked about as they are now. A lot of the time trans characters are slapstick, and I think that was the initial intention in this. However, I do think they saved it by continuing to refer to her as "her" and taking her feelings seriously. It's always interesting to see how early 2000s shoujo treats trans characters. Trans rights weren't as widely talked about as they are now. A lot of the time trans characters are slapstick, and I think that was the initial intention in this. However, I do think they saved it by continuing to refer to her as "her" and taking her feelings seriously.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Usagi Tsukino

    This review is for the Italian edition.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kurtis Burkhardt

    Adorable, Beautiful Manga, Really great Shoujo! Great art art and amazing story I didn’t want to end 😻👌😁💕💕

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anna Chang 8E

    Very cute book!!! The love and hate is so funny xD!! I would definetly recommend this book to others!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Swankivy

    Risa and Otani are way too cute together, even though they pretend they can't stand each other. What I like about that dynamic is that they actually continue to act like they hate each other sometimes even when they're being sweet, to the point that their taunts become like terms of endearment. Neither knows how to handle it when an ACTUAL endearing gesture happens, like when Risa just decides to buy Otani a wristband to celebrate his success on the basketball team and he's flabbergasted but the Risa and Otani are way too cute together, even though they pretend they can't stand each other. What I like about that dynamic is that they actually continue to act like they hate each other sometimes even when they're being sweet, to the point that their taunts become like terms of endearment. Neither knows how to handle it when an ACTUAL endearing gesture happens, like when Risa just decides to buy Otani a wristband to celebrate his success on the basketball team and he's flabbergasted but then flatters her by wearing it all the time and saying he loves it. I like the side characters too, and I like how they both reacted hilariously to getting their heights measured. The only thing I'm kind of iffy about is Seiko. I'm not sure how to feel about her because in a way she's a classic "girl is revealed to REALLY BE A BOY" gag and the story treats this revelation as if it's a clear reason for a straight boy to not like her anymore. And Seiko acts like she doesn't really mind this and is used to it but accepts it as her lot in life, which is kind of screwy. She mentions that she has always considered herself a girl, and she presents as a girl and has a name she's chosen derived from her birth name (which others in the story occasionally use in conversation like they think it's her "real" name, and that's really really gross). What I did like about it was that Otani reacted to her attention with mixed feelings, and eventually made it a point to convince her that she did not in any way disgust him the way she was expecting him to say. (He apparently still considers it completely impossible to find her attractive that way now that he knows she's trans, but he doesn't shame her or question his sexuality or try to punish her for it, and that's refreshing.) I'm not so sure how I feel about Risa being encouraged to understand being really tall as less of an impediment to getting with Otani than Seiko has on account of having the "wrong" parts--almost like she's announcing that her desires are hopeless but she still goes for it, so Risa might as well go for it too since she is at least "really a girl." (Otani, however, has said he doesn't even think of Risa as a girl because she's so ridiculously tall next to him. So I guess it's not just trans girls who get that treatment in this story. It must be more complicated than that.) In any case I want to see what happens now that Risa is accepting she really does have feelings for Otani, and how many volumes it's going to take before they actually make it official. Haha!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Julie Decker

    Risa's feelings for Otani have become complicated lately. It doesn't help that everyone thinks they'd be a joke if they were together, considering she's six inches taller than him. But when they both begin to get romantic attention from enthusiastic potential partners, they have to examine their own jealousy and confusion when facing the thought of losing each other to someone else. Risa finally coming to terms with like-liking Otani was nice, and you can't help but root for this awkward couple, Risa's feelings for Otani have become complicated lately. It doesn't help that everyone thinks they'd be a joke if they were together, considering she's six inches taller than him. But when they both begin to get romantic attention from enthusiastic potential partners, they have to examine their own jealousy and confusion when facing the thought of losing each other to someone else. Risa finally coming to terms with like-liking Otani was nice, and you can't help but root for this awkward couple, as well as moan along with her as she sulks about growing another 3/4 of an inch and giggle when Otani likes the wristband she got him for a sports congratulations present. I'm a little confused as to how to handle my thoughts on Seiko. She's an aggressively girly girl whose story presents as a classic trans girl story, but sometimes she claims she never thought of herself as a boy and sometimes she answers "yes" to "are you really a boy?" I like some of her messages, but I don't like how she's sort of set up as a tragic, hopeless character who can never be a "real" girl and is rejected immediately because of this. That said, it was nice to see Otani say he didn't think she was disgusting and wanted to be friends with her. I just wish it wasn't so blatantly expressed that if Seiko has a penis then it's out of the question for a straight guy to consider her a potential love interest, you know? I'm just kind of frustrated with the whole "trans girl shock" storyline, but I think some of the inconsistency might be from a translation issue.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Starry

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Risa Koizumi is the tallest girl in class, and the last thing she wants is the humiliation of standing next to Atsushi Otani, the shortest guy. Fate and the whole school have other ideas, and the two find themselves cast as the unwilling stars of a bizarre romantic comedy. A new student starts out as Risa's rival for love, but ends up proving how important it is to be honest with yourself! SPOILERS:WARNING: Haruka realizes that a hero and a girlfriend are two different things, so he tells Risa to w Risa Koizumi is the tallest girl in class, and the last thing she wants is the humiliation of standing next to Atsushi Otani, the shortest guy. Fate and the whole school have other ideas, and the two find themselves cast as the unwilling stars of a bizarre romantic comedy. A new student starts out as Risa's rival for love, but ends up proving how important it is to be honest with yourself! SPOILERS:WARNING: Haruka realizes that a hero and a girlfriend are two different things, so he tells Risa to wait, and that one day he'll become her hero. Second Year of high school:Nobu, Risa, and Otani are in the same class. Chiharu and Suzuki are in another class. Haruka is in a different class than Risa. Otani makes varsity for basketball team. Risa thinks she might be in love with him, while a new student is introduced(she's a fashionista). Seikp falls head over heels for Otani, and kisses him in front of Risa. Meanwhile, Risa becomes jealous as Otani and Seiko become closer. She finds out that Seiko's real name is Seishiro, meaning SHE is actually a HE! This book was filled with so much laughter and shocking things, I really liked reading this volume. It left me in a great mood, and I look forward to the next volume.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Théo

    I rarely review manga (and when I do, well it's generally a series review), but I really had something to say about this one, especially about Seiko's revelation. (view spoiler)[Honestly, I had some kind of shock when we learnt that Seiko was biogically male, and I was even more shocked by how it was handled by the author. I mean, yeah, sure, crossdressing is something that is getting pretty common in manga and anime, but it is always like "Guy/girl crossdressed as girl/guy to attend some speci I rarely review manga (and when I do, well it's generally a series review), but I really had something to say about this one, especially about Seiko's revelation. (view spoiler)[Honestly, I had some kind of shock when we learnt that Seiko was biogically male, and I was even more shocked by how it was handled by the author. I mean, yeah, sure, crossdressing is something that is getting pretty common in manga and anime, but it is always like "Guy/girl crossdressed as girl/guy to attend some special school, or has to crossdress because of some misunderstanding" and has nothing to do with gender identity. But for Seiko to say that while, yes, she was born a guy, that she had always seen herself as a girl (and that God had made a mistake or something like that), that's quite uncommon! I can't say that the fact that Seiko is transgender is seen in the most serious way (but at the same time, she's only a secondary character in a comedy manga), but I think it was handled pretty well. I really love how the characters (especially Risa) treat her the same way as before and don't make a huge deal of it (Atsushi sure had some kind of shock, but he seems to want to stay friends with her). I really hope she's going to come back in later volumes. You go, girl! (hide spoiler)]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kat Coffin

    My reviews of Love Com may just be incoherent gushing from here on out. I love this series and it had such a ridiculously fun impact on my sense of humor. It also occurs to me that it was through Love Com (and Fushigi Yugi, come to that) that I encountered my first transgender character. Seiko wasn't written perfectly (the series did come out in the early 2000's and I think I read it in 2006 or 2007), but Seiko did a lot of good on my impressionable, conservative Evangelical mind. My reviews of Love Com may just be incoherent gushing from here on out. I love this series and it had such a ridiculously fun impact on my sense of humor. It also occurs to me that it was through Love Com (and Fushigi Yugi, come to that) that I encountered my first transgender character. Seiko wasn't written perfectly (the series did come out in the early 2000's and I think I read it in 2006 or 2007), but Seiko did a lot of good on my impressionable, conservative Evangelical mind.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Zosha

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I absolutely love this book. What was kind of strange is that this book is kind of exactly like my life right now. For example I have a crush on the shortest guy in my class and I am the tallest girl in my class just like in the book. I am probably about one head taller then him and this makes it awkward to hang out with him. And what's even more strange is that we are both about the same ages as the characters in the book. The entire time I read this book I just laughed and cringed because I re I absolutely love this book. What was kind of strange is that this book is kind of exactly like my life right now. For example I have a crush on the shortest guy in my class and I am the tallest girl in my class just like in the book. I am probably about one head taller then him and this makes it awkward to hang out with him. And what's even more strange is that we are both about the same ages as the characters in the book. The entire time I read this book I just laughed and cringed because I realized how much it was like my life and it just made me so confused, I laughed a lot. Out of the first three books this one this is probably the most relatable to me and my life and was the most awkward which made me cringe but was enjoyable regardless. I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it to anyone who loves funny manga's about high school students and awkward love.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katt Hansen

    How two people so well suited to each other could be so oblivious I'll never know. But that's just part of the fun. What I'm loving in this volume (and the one previous) is the minor characters who are taking on a bit more of a life of their own. Especially in the nature of one very interesting boy who dresses as a girl - with everyone around just kind of smiling and shrugging, and just outright accepting this as if it's not a big deal. And the author, by not making this a big deal, helps us to How two people so well suited to each other could be so oblivious I'll never know. But that's just part of the fun. What I'm loving in this volume (and the one previous) is the minor characters who are taking on a bit more of a life of their own. Especially in the nature of one very interesting boy who dresses as a girl - with everyone around just kind of smiling and shrugging, and just outright accepting this as if it's not a big deal. And the author, by not making this a big deal, helps us to see that really...it isn't. This is a controversial topic I know. I applaud this series for handling it without fanfare the way another series might. Good for Aya Nakahara! So, overall, still a fun story. Still a cute romance in the making, and yet another series that I would love to own so I can enjoy it all over again.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Yue

    The story is getting better, because now I am really rooting for this couple! I did not think it would be possible, because of the height difference and because they resemble too much, but they are really cute together. Not only they have chemistry, they are real friends, so comfortable around each other. It was a surprise that the cute girl was actually a boy (WTH was that scene where she/he took off her/his shirt!!), so basically Risa has still a chance, as there are no pretty girls as her riv The story is getting better, because now I am really rooting for this couple! I did not think it would be possible, because of the height difference and because they resemble too much, but they are really cute together. Not only they have chemistry, they are real friends, so comfortable around each other. It was a surprise that the cute girl was actually a boy (WTH was that scene where she/he took off her/his shirt!!), so basically Risa has still a chance, as there are no pretty girls as her rivals. W Wow, the difference between them is more than 15cm! It is huuuge... Ahhh, and I like Shinobu very much! Great friend... funny and supportive, and her boyfriend too. Now I want to watch the anime... The details in the clothes still amazes me, I love it!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer

    I really enjoy this series because it explores a very personal issue in a way all can relate to - we all have physical things we don't like about ourselves but it shouldn't effect those we choose to love. The twist with Haruka didn't turn out nearly as bad as I feared and I really love how Otani reacts in this situation with the dog. Haruka is delusional but at least he admits Otani is kinda cool. Otani has a new follower, haha! This isn't my favorite volume. Still I do think its funny how the Jap I really enjoy this series because it explores a very personal issue in a way all can relate to - we all have physical things we don't like about ourselves but it shouldn't effect those we choose to love. The twist with Haruka didn't turn out nearly as bad as I feared and I really love how Otani reacts in this situation with the dog. Haruka is delusional but at least he admits Otani is kinda cool. Otani has a new follower, haha! This isn't my favorite volume. Still I do think its funny how the Japanese love to do gender bending in stories and use it in such fun ways. The mixed signals from Otani would be confusing but Seiko actually helps Risa get her head on straight. BOTTOM LINE: Not a fan of Otani swelled head but he get his just "kiss"erts.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

    It's hard to review this one without a spoiler, but let's just say it explores some sexuality issues, and does a decent job of it. It's pretty honest and shows how a person might work through some information about a friend that would seem rather shocking to this age group. I was not disturbed about how the author handled that issue at all, although there were some other areas where the book was a bit more sexually suggestive than I was comfortable with. Not terrible, just more appropriate for 1 It's hard to review this one without a spoiler, but let's just say it explores some sexuality issues, and does a decent job of it. It's pretty honest and shows how a person might work through some information about a friend that would seem rather shocking to this age group. I was not disturbed about how the author handled that issue at all, although there were some other areas where the book was a bit more sexually suggestive than I was comfortable with. Not terrible, just more appropriate for 12 and up than a 10 year old. I was glad I read it too so we could discuss it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    VampAmber

    Before I start this review I just have to say: <3 Seiko! <3 *squee!* What can I say? I love characters like her, hehe. But anyway, the story is really starting to pick up. Definitely in love with this series. I love all the comedy, especially the physical comedy. She didn't use it in this volume, but for some reason I love Risa's dead fish look. With every volume I get more and more hooked. I can see why this is such a popular series. Before I start this review I just have to say: <3 Seiko! <3 *squee!* What can I say? I love characters like her, hehe. But anyway, the story is really starting to pick up. Definitely in love with this series. I love all the comedy, especially the physical comedy. She didn't use it in this volume, but for some reason I love Risa's dead fish look. With every volume I get more and more hooked. I can see why this is such a popular series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Silliness reigns in this volume, as Otani thinks he has found a girlfriend at last. But, the course of true love never runs smoothly, or, with just a hint of a spoiler, truly. Last pages include a spoof story. Favorite illustration: Maniacal Otani announcing that the Age of the Little Man has arrived.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amy Gideon

    3.5/5 stars This is a pretty cute shojo series. I'm shipping Risa and Otani. I have to say the way the author handled a character who is transgender and her crush on the main character was as refreshing as it was unexpected. Handled with sensitivity and depth. 3.5/5 stars This is a pretty cute shojo series. I'm shipping Risa and Otani. I have to say the way the author handled a character who is transgender and her crush on the main character was as refreshing as it was unexpected. Handled with sensitivity and depth.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ✩K. B✩

    Omg! This volume was a shocker. I thought the love triangle would go on for a while but Haruko was not seen after he said he will man up and then confess. Lol! But another love triangle was made which ended up in a big joke...LOL!! Haha! It keeps getting funny and interesting.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Laugh-out-loud funny, cry-out-loud heart-wrenching. Probably my favorite manga series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I was not expecting the love rival to turn out to be a transvestite. That was certainly a unique twist, and unexpectedly respectful of the issue.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Star_girl

    i learned that loving someone is very hard.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lord

    I agree with Elizabeth here. An extremely realistic series got a serious blow here with a guy dressing as a girl and going to school in girl's clothes. I'm a bit disappointed. I agree with Elizabeth here. An extremely realistic series got a serious blow here with a guy dressing as a girl and going to school in girl's clothes. I'm a bit disappointed.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leah Coffin

    I relate so much to Koizumi it's not even funny. I relate so much to Koizumi it's not even funny.

  28. 4 out of 5

    dd

    Whew, that was resolved way better than I thought it would be!!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I love Lovely Complex!

  30. 5 out of 5

    naty

    I really enjoyed this one, it made me laugh so much! I loved it.

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